Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably already know that Kyle Busch has expressed an interest in racing in this year’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Busch, has always said that once he wins a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, that he would be open to running the “double” during Memorial Day weekend with racing in the Indy 500 during the day and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte at night.
He added more speculation to that when he tweeted out a cliffhanger two weeks ago by saying,”Yes. Always said when I win a cup championship I’d give it thought. Well, guess what…” Busch tweeted on March 21 when asked if he’s ever do “the double.”
Then, his wife Samantha, a Purdue grad I might add, added more fuel to the fire when she tweeted “He said he would after he won a championship so…” on Saturday afternoon after a fan asked her on Twitter “will @kylebusch ever run the Indianapolis 500 and double duty day.”
So, is Busch actually going to run in this year’s Indianapolis 500?
What are the chances you might ask?
Well, right now, I’d say all the pieces are in place if he’s serious about doing so.
Busch’s first criteria is done, as he won the Cup championship last year. An even bigger criteria was just scratched off his list on Sunday, as Busch won the STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway making him Chase eligible for this year.
So, the pressure is now off for Busch, as he can ease into the Chase now as he’s automatically guaranteed a spot in it. That’s a far cry from missing the first 11 races a year ago and having to drive furiously just to get inside the top 30 in the points and to make himself Chase eligible as well.
Now, he’s already guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs and we’re only six races into the season.
So, what’s he have to lose by trying it out this year? He won his Cup title last year and is Chase eligible this year, so putting more attention on Indianapolis in May shouldn’t affect his Cup program one bit.
Also, if he ever needs any advise on making this happen, he can look no further than his older brother Kurt Busch who did this feat of running the double just two years ago.
Furthermore, yes, seats are few and far between right now for the Indy 500, but, in order to get a seat, you have to have money. Again, that’s something Busch doesn’t need to worry about. He has plenty of money to make this happen and it’s not like he’s going to have any trouble finding the sponsorship funding to do so anyways.
Actually, his injury last year could help this cause too, as he’s proven you can miss races and still win the Cup title. I’m not saying he’s planning on an injury at Indy, but he can know that even if the worst case happens, he can still win the Cup title.
Another scenario in his corner is that Busch is a Toyota driver in NASCAR. Without having a Toyota areokit in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Busch isn’t limited to just a Chevrolet or just a Honda, he could drive either and not be in a breach of contract on the NASCAR side.
So, he has unlimited options at his disposal.
Now, it’s fully up to how bad does he want to do it. There’s still time to make this happen and what better time than the 100th Running?
Also, he’s the defending Brickyard 400 champion too so we could have the defending Brickyard winner entering the Indianapolis 500 the next year.
There’s endless storylines here.